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The developers of the one of the most advanced if not the most advanced slicer for 3D printers – Simplify3D, have published a very useful resource for anyone having various issues with their 3D prints. The print quality troubleshooting guide is a great place to start if you are trying to improve the quality of your 3D printed parts by first identifying what possible issues you might be experiencing and then learning how to get rid of them. The guide offers a big list of the most common 3D printing issues along with the software settings that you can use to solve them and the best is that there are real world photos of the issues in action to make identifying them even easier.
Pretty much anyone that has used a 3D printer has experienced some of these issues and had to deal with them and had to try to resolve them. We have published some tips for some of the issues we’ve encountered while 3D printing ourselves, but the Simplify 3D guide is a more extensive one and some of the tips you get can also help you with using better the Simplify3D software. Other tips for resolving issues can be fixed regardless of the software you use, but having a slicer that allows you more control over the printing process like Simplify3D can be quite helpful at times. The guide can even help you find out that you might be having a problem that needs attention and you were thinking that this was the normal behavior of your device, this is especially true for novice users that do not have a lot of experience with 3D printers.
The original Tinyboy 3D printer was designed by a high school teacher called Parker Leung as an affordable, compact and easy to use educational tool to help students get into 3D printing. The idea was for students to assemble and maintain their 3D printers before actually start using them for 3D printing. And now is the time for the new TinyBoy 2 3D printer that builds on top of the original design by improving and optimizing it for better, faster and more reliable printing results. Just like the original design, the design of Tinyboy 2 is going to be opened for everyone after shipping of the product commences.
The TinyBoy 2 3D printer is goign to be available in two different model – L10 and L16 with the later offering slightly larger build size on the Z axis. The original TinyBoy has a build size of 8x8x8 cm while the new version 2 will offer 10x10x10 build volume for L10 with the L16 having a volume of 10x10x16 cm. Another new feature added on the TinyBoy is the support of direct SD flash card printing and not via only USB connectivity like on the original model. We have recently obtained a TinyBoy 3D printer and are currently testing the device as we were curious to see how well it will perform, not to mention that it is one of the most affordable FDM/FFF 3D printers available that you can currently get.
The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign can currently get you an early bird L10 package for $239 USD or L16 package for $279 with an expected delivery in March 2016. The regular pricing for the L10 is $279 USD and L16 is available for $319 USD with June 2016 availability. These prices do not include shipping and the printers will be shipped form Asia, so you should have that in mind when backing up the project as there is free shipping available only for Hong Kong, Macau, China and Tawian.
The filament maker 3Dom USA has released a new interesting filament for 3D printers called Buzzed – a beer based 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from the beer making process. Buzzed uses those beer left-overs to create a special 3D printing material with visibly unique print finishes. The filament produces products with a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain and it can be printed on any machine capable of printing with PLA using standard PLA settings.
Buzzed Recommended Print Settings:
Buzzed should print well at 180-210 C. In general, a good starting point is 10 degrees cooler than you typically print PLA. A heated bed is not necessary, though if you have one, you should set it to 45 C. The recommended print speed is between 60 – 120 mm/s.
The 3DOM Buzzed 3D printer filament is available in 1 kilograms pools with a diameter of 1.75mm as well as 2.85mm, so it should be widely compatible with most 3D printers. The price of a single 1 kilogram spool of the Buzzed 3D printer filament is $49 USD.